Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Housing Selection

What is Housing Selection?
Once a new applicant for campus housing has completed his or her housing application and has paid the $500.00 deposit the next step is to complete housing selection. The housing assignment is the actual building and room the student will live in, and students at the Academy of Art University have the unique privilege to pick exactly where they’ll be living from what is available via the online Housing Selection system.


How does continuing Student Housing Selection Work?
Continuing students currently living in campus housing may select their housing assignment for the next school year by participating in the Renewal/General Room Selection process every April. Students will have the opportunity to remain in their current housing assignment or select a new space on campus.


Room Renewal
 – Select to stay within your current housing space for the next academic year

Building Renewal – Select to stay within your current building, but choose a new space for the next academic year

General Room Selection (GRS) – Select to move to another housing space on campus for the next academic year


Where do I go to complete my housing selection?
The student housing portal is accessible on all browsers through your computer, tablet, or smartphone. You can access the portal for housing selection during your designated access time which will be sent to you prior to housing selection in early April.

To complete your online housing selection, please go directly to the Student Housing Portal.

You will need to sign in to the student housing portal using your general log in information with “



If you are having issues with your log-in information please contact Student Self-Service at 415-618-6500 for assistance.


For information on how to use select your housing space, visit the “How to Select Your Room” page on the main drop-down menu of the student portal.

Please be sure to read the Housing License Agreement during your selection process. You will be required to electronically sign this agreement before moving forward with the housing selection process.


For information on housing costs for the next academic year, visit the Housing Costs page. You will also be able to see a list of different room types per building to assist in your selection process by viewing the Building Room Type Guide.


When does Self Assignment Take Place?
At the end of the spring semester, current residents in campus housing are offered the opportunity to choose their housing assignment for the next academic year. Once the period for continuing student housing selection has passed, new applicants have the opportunity to select their housing. Since the Department of Housing accepts applications up to one year in advance, students who apply early will not be able to select a housing assignment immediately but will be notified on how to select their housing assignment online when we are closer to the start of the academic term.


What is the Cancellation Policy?
Students wishing to cancel their housing assignment for the upcoming academic year, students must do so in writing by emailing the Department of Housing & Residence Life at with the following information:

        - Full Name

        - Student ID Number

        - A statement requesting to cancel your upcoming housing assignment or application

*Please specify the year for which you would like to cancel your housing.


The following deadlines apply for students who wish to cancel their housing assignment or application:

Cancellation for Spring applicants: January 1st

Cancellation for Summer applicants: June 1st

Cancellation for Fall applicants: July 1st


Students must cancel by the above-listed cancellation dates, or within 10-days of their completed application in order to receive a refund of their full housing deposit. Cancellations after this time period will result in deposit forfeiture. 

How do I complete the process?

Completing your housing assignment is easy! Here is a step-by-step breakdown of how to complete the process.

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